Home care service is an emerging business in the Bay Area of California.  The McCalla father-son team opened up an independently-owned ComForcare Home Care franchise in Orinda, California, and they are excited about its growth as they continue welcome new home care clients within their community. 

Located east of San Francisco, California, Orinda is an ideal location for a home care business thanks to the large population of older adults.  ComForcare Home Care was featured in The Orinda News when it opened.  The following excerpt from the article gives some great insight into its success:

The father and son team of Vern McCalla, Sr. and Vern McCalla, Jr. delivers highly-trained, professional home care to the homebound individual.  They provide a range of home care services from companionship to meal preparation to hands-on personal care 24 hours a day.

ComForcare home care services include home companions, personal care aids, home health aides, certified nurse aides, and 24-hour live-in assistants.  These services are available anytime:  24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Whether an individual is suffering from a long-term illness, recovering from an injury or coping with aging, ComForcare provides the support necessary to lead a dignified life.  Home care providers are screened with a ten-step hiring process and are licensed, bonded and insured.

ComForcare Home care is a non-medical company and does not administer medications.  Family members are responsible for all medications.  An initial nurse’s assessment is conducted prior to assigning a home care provider to an individual.  This assessment is free of charge and addresses such issues as the individual’s balance, gait, and range of motion, as well as memory evaluation.

“Our experience has been that often the family recognizes a need and often the elder does not want any help.  We consult on what we think should be happening,” explains Vern McCalla, Jr., who manages the office and hires the caregivers.  While the focal point of ComForcare is seniors, home care is also provided for children with disabilities.

“The value of staying at home for a senior is to be able to age in place.  People enjoy staying in their home where things are familiar.  It tends to make the rest of their life an easier transition than if they are displaced,” he adds.

Three levels of care are offered.  The first level is considered companion home care, the second level is a home health aide who is trained in personal care and meal preparation, and the third is a certified nursing assistant who is able to assist with bedside service such as turning an individual in bed.

“We are able to deal with a person at any stage of mobility.  We work with the Hospice of East Bay.  Every three to four months a hospice nurse provides in-service training to our caregivers,” explains Vern McCalla Jr.

“It is a good feeling to work with my son after watching him work hard at Miramonte High School and the University of Oregon.  Today, I see him put the skills he has learned to good use helping other people,” says Vern McCalla Sr.  “He brings positive things to our business including office management and a knack for hiring excellent people.  My skills are in marketing and sales,” he adds.

The McCallas have lived in Orinda for 20 years and immensely enjoy owning a business together.  For more information about ComForcare, visit www.ComForcare.com.

The Orinda News, October 2009.



About ComForcare Home Care Franchises

 ComForcare began in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1996 as a company dedicated to establishing a new standard in the quality of non-medical home care.
After perfecting the winning formula, ComForcare began franchising and today has more than 165 territories in the United States, Canada and the U.K. ComForcare offers elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services.  Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.


ComForcare Home Care

2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302